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Live-Action Gintama Film Adds More Cast

posted on 2016-09-18 17:30 EDT

The official Twitter account for the live-action film of Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga announced a third round of cast members on Monday. The new cast includes:

Hirofumi Arai as Nizō Okada

Jiro Sato as Henpeita Takechi

Nanao as Matako Kijima

Ken Yasuda as Tetsuya Murata

Akari Hayami as Tetsuko Murata

Tsuyoshi Dōmoto as Shinsuke Takasugi

Previously announced cast includes:

Shun Oguri as Gintoki Sakata, the protagonist who runs the Yorozuya shop

Masaki Suda as Shinpachi Shimura, who works at Yorozuya

Kanna Hashimoto as Kagura, another Yorozuya employee

Masami Nagasawa as Tae Shimura, a physically strong girl and sister of Shinpachi

Masaki Okada as Kotaro Katsura, Gintoki's longtime sworn friend

Tsuyoshi Muro as Gengai Hiraga, the properietor of Karakuri-dō

Yuuya Yagira as Toshiro Hijikata, a Shinsengumi member who is most popular with girls

Ryō Yoshizawa as Sougo Okita, a sharp-tounged Shinsengumi member

Kankurō Nakamura VI as Isao Kondo, a Shinsengumi commander

The film opens in Japan in 2017. Yūichi Fukuda (live-action HK/Hentai Kamen, Mr. Nietzsche in the Convenience Store) is directing the film, as well as penning the script. Fukuda revealed earlier this month that filming with Gintoki's actor Shun Oguri has wrapped up.

Sorachi began the manga in 2004 and it continues to be ranked among the top-selling manga in Japan. The manga now has more than 50 million copies in print in Japan. Viz Media published the first 23 volumes in English. Shueisha published the manga's 65th volume in Japan on August 4. The manga entered its final arc on July 11.

The manga inspired a television anime that premiered in 2006 and continued (with several extended hiatuses) until 2013. The latest Gintama television anime series premiered in April 2015, and ended in March. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired in Japan. The manga also inspired two anime films, including the "final" Gekijōban Gintama Kanketsu-hen: Yorozuya yo Eien Nare film that opened in 2013, and various OVAs and event anime.

Source: Comic Natalie


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